Benton swept Haughton in boys and girls basketball season openers Tuesday night at Benton.
The Tigers won 73-62 and the Lady Tigers won 51-42.
In another girls opener, Bossier pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 62-50 victory over Captain Shreve at Bossier.
At Benton, Jalen Harding poured in 29 points to lead the Benton boys to the victory. The Tigers had three other double-figure scorers — Jessie Little (14), Lateek Glasco (12) and Jerriyun Lawrnece (10).
Demarcus Hall topped Haughton with 21 points. Brandon Deane added 12 and Starskey Willis 11.
Benton got off to a fast start and led 17-4. The game was fairly even after that, but the Tigers kept the Bucs at bay, never allowing them to get closer than nine points.
Benton led 62-45 with a little more than four minutes to play, but Haughton avoided a blowout with 3-point shooting. The Bucs hit 10 in the game, led by Deane’s three. Benton had three in the game.
Harding scored 21 points in the second half, including 13 in the fourth quarter. Little scored eight in the first quarter and Glasco eight in the second.
Sophomore Emily Ward led Benton with 21 points and 14 rebounds. She scored eight in the fourth quarter, helping the Lady Tigers hold off a big Lady Bucs’ rally.
Freshman Qua Chambers, who helped Benton Middle win the eighth-grade district title last season, had an impressive debut with 18 points.
Champagne Dennis paced Haughton with 18 points.
The Lady Tigers held the Lady Bucs to just six points in the third quarter and led by 15 going into the fourth. Haughton got as close as four in the fourth quarter, but Ward and Chambers hit baskets in the final two minutes to help Benton extend the lead.
At Bossier, Draunatika Thomas, a transfer from Plain Dealing, led the Lady Kats in her debut with 17 points.
Chloe Walker added 15, Destiny Thomas 10, Queinna White eight and Brianna West seven.
The game was tight most of the way with Bossier leading 28-26 at the half and 41-40 going into the fourth quarter.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org